Thank you for supporting the Redefining HERstory documentary crowd funding campaign (psst...it ain’t over yet!)
Good morning! Truth In Reality closed out it's ONLINE campaign of our Redefining HERstory documentary crowd funding with 234 donations totalling $32,570 - 65% of our total goal of $50K for the project. The great news about Crowdrise is that your fundraising page stays open for as long as you want. So what does that mean? Well for one, you can still make a donation by using our link! Now, we can all do the math and realize that in spite of our phenomenal raise, we’re still $17,430 short of our total. To that end, Truth In Reality will be hosted by two different organizations for two live events during April so we can reach our $50,000 goal. Yep, the fundraising ain't over! Essentially, everyone who invested in the Redefining HERstory film has given us a running start to make the big leap & finish strong(er)! You'll be receiving invites to dynamic events that will spread the mission of the film & help us close that funding gap. Continue reading
Her Agenda Speaks to Founder Sil Lai Abrams about How You Can Help Redefine Media Stereotypes of Black Women
From Her Agenda, 3/30/2016: Some of the highest rated reality shows include Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” and VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” and according to activist and writer Sil Lai Abrams, that is a problem. Abrams is working to change the perception of women of color in society with a forthcoming documentary titled Redefining HERstory. Her personal hardships as a teenager and as a victim of assault that led her to self-publish her bookNo More Drama. In her book, she discusses her inspirational story on how she overcame obstacles and came up with Self Empowerment Principles in Action (SEPIA). Abrams is also the founder ofTruthInReality, a media advocacy organization aiming to change the media depictions of women of color, with emphasis in changing the violent stereotypes. She believes that storylines seen in realitytelevision can cast a negative view on how women of color should be treated. Read the full story here.
Truth In Reality Founder Sil Lai Abrams and Content Creator Morgan Grain weigh in on HuffPost Black Voices, 3/30/16: "The idea that we as Black people are constantly reimagining ourselves within a society historically devoid of our existence reoccurs thematically throughout most artistic, entertainment, and most recently, digital media [re] presentations of blackness. In response to the continuous bombardment of what have historically been largely stereotypical depictions of our existence, much of the pushback on these mis-representations were rooted in the politics of respectability. Through early visual imagery of the Black body, activists and photographers attempted to prove humanity through the lens of acceptability." Read the full article here.
On March 23, 2016, Prudential hosted a reception, preview and discussion about Truth In Reality's Redefining HERstory documentary at The Crosby Street Hotel. Tammy Bolden attended this event and shares in this clip what she learned at the event and the steps she's willing to take to be a part of the solution.
On Wednesday, March 23, we held an exclusive cocktail reception, preview and interactive discussion of our Redefining HERstory™ documentary. This inspirational celebration of Black womanhood was hosted by Dorinda Walker, Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Key Initiatives within Multicultural Marketing for Prudential's U.S. Businesses. A talkback session after the screening of the documentary preview trailer with Director Sil Lai Abrams, CEO of Truth In Reality and Executive Producer Sean Joell Johnson, Principal of Left Center Entertainment, was moderated by journalist and television anchor Richelle Carey of Al Jazeera. Continue reading